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Engineering feats rewarded at Innovate NZ

A raft of projects from around the country have been awarded top honours in the Innovate NZ Awards of Excellence 2012 for feats of engineering and technology.

Judges selected five gold winners from 38 finalists: Beca for a radar training simulator for the RNZAF’s upgraded Orion aircraft;  Tonkin & Taylor for the massive task of assembling a 400-strong land damage assessment team in Christchurch; Holmes Fire for fire engineering at Britomart East/Westpac Charter House; Beca for HVAC Integrated Design for the Alan McDiarmid Building at Victoria University; and MWH New Zealand for its internationally acclaimed KiwiRAP Star Rating New Zealand Road Assessment Programme.

The awards are held by the Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand.

Alan MacDiarmid Building Beca for Victoria University Wellington Britomart East / Westpac Charter House Holmes Fire for Cooper & Company Telecom Place Beca for Mansons TCLM Viaduct Events Centre Holmes Consulting Group for Auckland Council & Moller Architects Auckland Waterfront Tram, Tonkin & Taylor for Auckland Waterfront Jeff Brass, Think Photography

Convenor of judges Allan Leahy said that there had been a very high standard of projects entered for the awards, many representing examples of world-leading applications of technology.

“To receive a Gold Award of Excellence, the highest of the three awards, the project must demonstrate real innovation – perhaps a new process that will establish the standard for years to come - and excellent customer service,” said Leahy.

From an urban design perspective, two projects completed ahead of the Rugby World Cup were honoured: intelligent street lights – that can be monitored, metered, and controlled from anywhere around the world – installed around Eden Park snagged Opus a Merit, and Tonkin & Taylor's design and implementation of a tram around Wynyard Quarter also qualified for a Merit. 

Holmes Consulting Group was praised for its wave-form roof on the Viaduct Events Centre, which required comprehensive analysis to ensure its structural success, winning silver, as did Sinclair Knight Merz for the Forsyth Barr Stadium project, a world first that saw a permanently closed roof over a natural turf field

Gold Award of Excellence

Alan MacDiarmid Building
Beca for Victoria University of Wellington

Britomart East / Westpac Charter House
Holmes Fire for Cooper & Company

KiwiRAP Star Ratings
MWH New Zealand Ltd for NZ Transport Agency

Land Damage Assessment Team
Tonkin & Taylor for Earthquake Commission (EQC)

Royal New Zealand Airforce - P-3K2 Orion Radar Trainer
Beca for Royal NZ Defence Force

Silver Award of Excellence


Christchurch Wastewater Treatment Plant, Biosolids Drying Facility
Beca for Christchurch City Council

Dominion Salt Vacuum Plant Upgrade
Aurecon for Dominion Salt Ltd

Forsyth Barr Stadium
Sinclair Knight Merz for Carisbrook Stadium Trust

SH18 Hobsonville Deviation & SH16 Brigham Creek Extension Upper Harbour Corridor
Aurecon for HEB Construction Ltd & NZ Transport Agency

Spent Cell Liner (SCL) Handling & Disposal Plant
Aurecon for G T Liddell Contracting Ltd & Holcim

Telecom Place
Beca for Mansons TCLM Ltd

Viaduct Events Centre
Holmes Consulting Group for Auckland Council

Whakapapa Knoll Ridge Cafe and Cat Shed
Dunning Thornton Consultants for Stanley Construction & Ruapehu Alpine Lifts Ltd

Award of Merit

Auckland Waterfront Tram
Tonkin & Taylor for Waterfront Auckland

Dunedin 3 Waters Strategy
Opus International Consultants & URS for Dunedin City Council

Hastings Wastewater Treatment Plant
MWH New Zealand Ltd for Hastings District Council

Intelligent Street Lighting - Eden Park
Opus International Consultants for Auckland Transport (formerly Auckland City Council)

Pacific Steel Smelting Shed - Advanced CFD Assessment
Beca for Pacific Steel Group

SH20 Manukau Extension
Sinclair Knight Merz for NZ Transport Agency

INDONESIA
Salak Geothermal Field Master Planning
Sinclair Knight Merz for Chevron Indonesia